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Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini now in India: smallest Android handset

After the announcement of Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini in February, Sony Ericsson has secretly decided to launch its smallest Android handset, the Xperia X10 Mini in India. It is supposed to be the smaller version of Xperia X10, but is still rich in its style.

Today in the field of mobile phones size really matters. In past also, you have seen a couple of mobiles such as Nokia (N97 and N97 mini). Even the HTC HD mini isn’t that much smaller. But when Sony Ericsson says mini they mean it.

The size of Xperia X10 Mini is 83 x 50 x 16mm and weights around 88grams which makes it so tiny and light that it can easily fit in any pocket. However, you might think of its thickness (16mm), but trust me it won’t make it unattractive at all. The overall look of the handset is boxy and is truly the smallest handset you are going to have.

The shiny plastic used on the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 mini is little slippery, which puts it down as compared to metal-built phones. However, if you look at the front part it is mainly covered with display and is considerable. But the back is covered nicely, fingerprint-resistant with rubbery finish.

When you measure the touchscreen diagonally it comes out to be 2.55 inches, which is less than the other touchscreens. However, the user interface is marvelous, the icons are all large enough and you won’t have trouble pressing any of them. The screen sensitivity consists of an excellent capacitive unit, which provides a great touchscreen experience.

The handset carries a QVGA resolution which is ideal for this screen size, but is comparably less than HVGA and WVGA Android handsets. The image quality is sufficient as far as TFT displays go, with good brightness and above average contrast. Unfortunately the X10 mini display is pretty average. The device suffers from too much reflections and operating the handset on a bright sunny day is pretty difficult.

The front display mainly consist three hardware keys – contextual menu, home and the back button. However, there is an absentee of the Search button. At the top of the display you will find a status LED, the earpiece and the proximity sensor. The proximity sensor can be used for locking the display when you are having a phone call.

The bottom part of Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 mini has the microUSB port and audio jack . The audio jack is a standard 3.5mm plug. On the right you will find a volume rocker and a shutter key. The left side of this phone just consist a small channel to pull the battery cover off. On top of the handset you will find a power button.

There is a 5 megapixel camera lens and the LED flash at the back side along with a loudspeaker. It also adds some more attributes such as 128MB of internal memory - expandable to 32GB using microSD slot. The Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 mini runs version 1.6 of the Android platform. The handset is also rich in its Music section, supports different file such as MP3, Mp4, WMV, WAV and WMA.

But the bad news is that its battery is not replaceable. So its hard to say about the real life battery performance of the X10 mini. In the meanwhile it is being quoted, at up to 285 hours of standby and 4 hours of talk time in a 2G network along with 360 hours of standby and three and half hours of talk time in 3G mode.

XPERIA X10 mini packs the Timescape UI plug-in but lacks the Mediascape. The SMS and MMS messaging part is quite straightforward and simple, but it comes with a restriction of 160 wordlimit. Further it comes with, standard multitap keypad, Gmail apps support, G-talk, Geo-tagging, Stereo FM radio with RDS, 600Mhz processor, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, Stereo FM radio with RDS and A-GPS support.

Sony Ericsson X10 mini is available in different trendy colors such as, Pearl White, Black, Pink, Lime, Red, and Silver. The handset will be available in India at a very decent price of Rs.15,000 which seems to be okay for any Android User.


Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini
The subject is quite informative. But is it that the battery can not even be replaced in SONY service centre ? The early answer will be helpful to decide it for buying.
Posted by RK Saha